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Sunday 4 December 2016

O'Grady takes Killarney prize with Le Vagabond

Published 19/08/2016 | 02:30

Previous course winner Le Vagabond was well supported for the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap and O’Grady’s 9/2 shot rewarded those who had backed him by getting the better of Artful Artist in the hands of Billy Lee (Stock picture)
Previous course winner Le Vagabond was well supported for the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap and O’Grady’s 9/2 shot rewarded those who had backed him by getting the better of Artful Artist in the hands of Billy Lee (Stock picture)

Veteran trainer Edward O'Grady might be better known for his exploits over jumps, but he walked away from Killarney last night with the fixture's big Flat prize.

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Previous course winner Le Vagabond was well supported for the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap and O'Grady's 9/2 shot rewarded those who had backed him by getting the better of Artful Artist in the hands of Billy Lee.

Aidan O'Brien took the opening auction maiden over an extended mile as Emmet McNamara steered Wings Of Eagles (5/2) to a length-and-a-quarter success from John Oxx's 9/10 favourite Birds Of Prey.

The Dunloe Hotel Handicap over an extended mile was won in impressive fashion by the Ger Lyons-trained Kubali. Installed 7/4 favourite, the son of Approve made all the running under Colin Keane who never saw another rival as the pair galloped seven lengths clear of Path Of Silver.

The Willie Mullins-Ruby Walsh axis were on the mark with 11/8 favourite King's Wharf in the two-mile, one furlong handicap chase. The champion jockey bided his time on the market leader as the bold-jumping English raider, Owen Na View, went for home up the straight, but Walsh's mount joined the leader at the lastand stayed on the better to win by three lengths.

There was a surprise in the novice chase as 12/1 outsider Baily Cloud and Mark Enright got the better of favourite Tiger Roll by a length and a half for the Mouse Morris yard.

Irish Independent

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